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Ryan Duffy’s

January/February Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

Cut Steakhouse

Cut Steakhouse

•Dry-aged Alberta AAA steaks cut and weighed tableside are the specialty at Ryan Duffy’s, a stylish steakhouse on Bedford Row. The menu also includes fresh local seafood like oysters, lobster and halibut.
•At Cut Steakhouse on Salter Street, pick your dry-aged premium steak from the rolling trolley of cuts. Match your choice with delicious sides including tempura onion rings or lobster risotto.


At Stories, the intimate restaurant located at the Halliburton Hotel on Morris Street, Chef Scott Vail’s inspired menu changes with the seasons. His specialties include a range of flavourful dishes featuring local game, lamb and seafood.


Located in the West End on Quinpool Road, Sweet Hereafter is the spot for enjoying decadent desserts in an elegant setting. Savour artisan cheesecake by the slice, locally roasted organic fair-trade coffee and gluten-free and vegan options.

Rockbottom Brewpub

Rockbottom Brewpub

•Downtown on Grafton Street, The Maxwell’s Plum has the widest selection of local and craft beer in the city. Choose from 60 brews on tap, including beers from top East Coast craft brewers like Cape Breton’s Big Spruce Brewing.
•Visit the Red Stag Tavern for a pint at Halifax’s historic Brewery Market on Lower Water Street, plus tasty eats like pale-ale battered fish and chips.
•Uptown on Spring Garden Road, Rockbottom Brewpub crafts award-winning small-batch brews on site. The menu includes its Fathom IPA, Jacktar Stout and seasonal selections like the Ultimate White IPA.

Photo: Janice Hudson

Photo: Janice Hudson

New on Halifax’s vibrant diner scene, Robie Street Station is a bright and colourful eatery near the Halifax Common on Robie Street serving all-day breakfast and global-inspired comfort food (try the hearty Banh mi sandwich, which comes with hand- cut fries). For your next coffee fix, hit up the Robie Street Express next door for a bevy of hot beverages and baked goods to go.

Photo: Kelly Neil

Photo: Kelly Neil

Chef Andrew Farrell of 2 Doors Down is making waves in Nova Scotia’s dining scene, creating soulful recipes like deep-fried mac and cheese and traditional potpie using fresh local ingredients. Find them in the heart of the downtown on Barrington Street.


October Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson


Woody’s Bar-B-Q has returned to Hector Gate in Dartmouth Crossing. Savour the menu of authentic Southern classics like baby back ribs and pulled pork. On Mondays, try the all-you-can-eat wings for $10. The refurbished family-friendly restaurant now has a children’s play area.

Ryan Duffy's. Photo: Janice Hudson

Ryan Duffy’s. Photo: Janice Hudson


•Dry-aged Alberta AAA steaks cut and weighed table side are the specialty at Ryan Duffy’s a chic steakhouse on Bedford Row. Pick from a selection of flavourful extras to enhance your meat choice, including bacon jam, creamed spinach and Béarnaise sauce.

•On the corner of Prince and Market streets, The Keg offers a classic steakhouse experience. Pick from a range of regular and specialty cuts plus mouth-watering seafood dishes. The house-made Caesar salad with aged parmesan is a highlight.


A local favourite for over 30 years, Athens Restaurant on Quinpool Road is the spot to hit for a hearty breakfast. On weekends, come early as the booths fill up fast. Return for lunch and sample flavourful Greek dishes, including souvlaki, moussaka and other specialties.

Cheelin. Photo: Julé malet-veale

Cheelin. Photo: Julé malet-veale


•A downtown mainstay since 1984, Great Wall on Bedford Row boasts an array of Cantonese and Szechuan dishes, such as Kung Po shrimp and Singapore vermicelli. Owner Patrick Wong uses fresh local vegetables and house-made marinades. On Sundays from 11:30am to 3pm., try the tasty Dim Sum.

Cheelin has been serving up Szechuan and Beijing cuisine in the historic Brewery Market on Lower Water Street for over 20 years. The Friday buffet is a local favourite, featuring many MSG-free dishes seasoned with traditional spices. You can’t go wrong with ginger beef or wonton soup.


An anchor of the stylish Hydrostone neighbourhood on Young Street, Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria creates scratch-made artisanal pizzas. Pick from over 12 original and specialty pizza combinations, plus a range of hearty oven-baked heroes (the meatball sandwich is a must try). Free delivery on the Halifax peninsula.

Photo: NS Tourism Agency

Photo: NS Tourism Agency

On Lower Water Street, McKelvie’s takes fresh seafood to new creative heights. Try the pulled lobster poutine or the blackened salmon with pineapple mango salsa. The crunchy haddock is a top seller among lunch and dinner crowds, boasting creamy BBQ sauce and garlic mashed potatoes.

October Concierge Q&A


Stephen Morris began his 20-year career in Lake Louise, Alberta as a bellman, moving on to a variety of roles before finding his calling as a concierge. He’s an active member of Les Clefs d’Or, Atlantic Region and considers himself an ambassador for the Prince George Hotel and the city of Halifax.

What’s the best thing about autumn in Halifax?
Aside from having our Halifax Mooseheads back on the ice and in full swing at the Scotiabank Centre, it would be the changing of the seasons. Students are back in university, giving the city a vibrant energy. Cool nights are perfect for a romantic walk along the waterfront.

What’s your favourite downtown brunch spot?
One of my favourite spots is Ryan Duffy’s on Bedford Row—a nice relaxing atmosphere with a great brunch menu and available on the weekend from 7am till 4pm, so you can get your fix all day long. If you are looking for something more casual, step back in time and visit a ‘50s style café, the Ardmore Tearoom on Quinpool Road. With a menu loaded with your favourite brunch items and comfort foods, the Ardmore is a hidden gem.

What’s your pick for one can’t-miss event in Halifax in October?
I would have to say the Halifax Pop Explosion. From October 21 to 25, Halifax comes alive with music of all sorts: folk, hip-hop, indie, punk and everything in between.

What’s the best place to pick up a unique Halifax souvenir?
The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market has lots of vendors from all over the Maritimes. You are sure to pick up something genuine to Halifax and Nova Scotia. Amos Pewter on Lower Water Street is another great place to find that unique to Nova Scotia keepsake. If it’s something fun for the whole family you are looking for, try Cool as a Moose in the Historic Properties, your inner child will thank you.